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Speaking fake Spanish

February 2, 2018

Woke up by this lady buzzing the door this morning. Pepina, aka Peps.

I take care of her every now and then when her mum is working.

We’ve been looking out the kitchen window to spot birds. Here I am speaking fake Spanish to her (her mother language is Spanish). Hola Peps, Espadrilles, Picaro, Benaki, Fajita, Michelada, Mojito, Burrito, muy bien. My Spanish is pretty limited as you can see, but she seems to understand.

Birds, where are you?

We’ve been reading Swedish Elle Decoration which I bought last time I visited my family. A big difference between Sweden and Germany is that in Sweden much is focused on being trendy whereas in Germany the focus lies on being authentic. Could write a whole essay about it, I guess.

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  • Reply Sarah February 2, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    That essay would be quite interesting, please write more about it!


    • Reply Sandra February 2, 2018 at 5:01 pm

      Would be fun to present some theories, as I don’t have “real” knowledge about the subject.
      Happy weekend!

  • Reply Liz February 2, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Actually is written “ven aquí”


    • Reply Sandra February 2, 2018 at 5:02 pm

      That’s why I call it fake Spanish –
      I don’t know how to speak Spanish, even less how to write Spanish.
      But I do my best speaking to the doggo, she loves it.

  • Reply Nina February 2, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    LIZ: It is written “Actually IT is written”. Sorry could not help myself. I sometimes see flaws in Sandra’s English but would never correct her as it is not her first language. Is it not quite obvious that she does not know much Spanish and tries to make a funny thing about it?

    Love this new friend of yours, Sandra! Keep the pictures coming, she is lovely.

    • Reply Sandra February 2, 2018 at 5:26 pm

      Yes, isn’t she!
      Love her so much.

      Would love to know where I can improve my English though, Nina!
      Thanks for understanding the purpose of my misspelling of ven aquí, I thought I was being pretty clear about not being a Spanish language pro.
      Happy WE!

      • Reply Liz February 21, 2018 at 11:32 am

        Actually I did it because I wanted to help her in the right way. I keep on lerning everything everyday. I’m sorry for disturbing.
        You can’t learn without correction.

        Fehler = Helfer ( my favorite quote in german)


        • Reply Sandra February 27, 2018 at 5:58 pm

          No worries! xo

  • Reply Lucy February 4, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Hola Sandra,
    You should teach Pepina Peps some swedish as well
    Love your pics btw…
    Have a nice Sunday!

  • Reply Joanne February 4, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    I love your perception of the Germans. And I’d love to read your essay. And I love love love your subtle humour! I’m bilingual (English/German) – would love to help but so live miles away! 💛

  • Reply Vala February 5, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Please write a post about it! Doesn’t have to be real knowledge, just your thoughts about it coming from Sweden and living in Berlin. I think about it all the time, coming from Iceland where everyone is trying so hard to be trendy that their homes often look so magazine-like that I can’t imagine that people actually enjoy hanging out in their place.. I loved living in a furnished place when I lived in Berlin for a year (a typical old East-Berlin type flat with mismatched furniture, creaky floors etc) and especially seeing the reactions from people who visited me from home.

  • Reply Lisa February 6, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Ha! What you wrote is really interesting, and sounds a bit funny, to me… As I have always thought that here, in Italy, the focus is only on being trendy whereas in Sweden anything is about being so authentic and genuine! 🙂 I would be one of your most faithful reader should you write that famous essay!!!

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